Saturday, December 11, 2004

strange rhyming FAQ answer from Elections Canada

Q. Under what circumstances may an elector be offered a ride to the polls or be paid an allowance or provided with a benefit to cover travel expenses to a polling place?

A. Basically, a ride that's a bribe is prohibited, a ride that is not, is not caught.

Friday, December 10, 2004

UK e-voting: ODPM and Electoral Commission

The UK Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) says

Key steps towards electoral modernisation

Public engagement, convenience and confidence in the electoral system are the key themes of the Government's responses to The Electoral Commission's reports Voting for change: an electoral law modernisation programme and Delivering democracy? The future of postal voting. Our responses to these reports were jointly published on 9 December by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department of Constitutional Affairs.

continuing through their news release of Dec. 9, 2004 Government responses to The Electoral comission reports

In responding, the Government has reaffirmed its goal of multi-channelled elections, a vision shared with the Commission, as the way to offer voters the choice they want about how they can cast their votes.

(emphasis mine)
The jargon "multi-channelled elections" means voting on paper, electronic, cellphone, television, whatever.

The UK Electoral Commission Voting for change - An electoral law modernisation programme 24 Jun 2003
UK Electoral Commission Delivering democracy? The future of postal voting 25 Nov 2004

Government Responses:
Response to Voting for change – An electoral law modernisation programme December 2004 (PDF)
Response to Delivering democracy? The future of postal voting December 2004 (PDF)

UK e-voting alert

The U.K. government will launch a Parliamentary inquiry next year [2005] into the practicalities of electronic voting. The House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee will carry out an inquiry on the first steps towards electronic voting, working with a sub-committee of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. They have requested public testimony and evidence by Jan. 14 [2005].

The U.K. government has long prized the benefits of e-government, though it has been struggling to meet its own deadline of putting all government services online by 2005. The government sees electronic registrations as the first building blocks for electronic voting.


The committees are requesting that written evidence be submitted in an electronic format, preferably by e-mail, in either Microsoft Word or Rich Text format. The e-mail address for sending information to the inquiry is odpmcom@parliament.uk .

The Industry Standard - December 9, 2004
UK to launch Parliamentary inquiry into future e-voting
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